Tucson program aims to keep neighborhoods free of weeds - Tucson News Now

Tucson program aims to keep neighborhoods free of weeds

The city has received 153 complaints about weeds since the program began 11 days ago. (Source: KOLD News 13) The city has received 153 complaints about weeds since the program began 11 days ago. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The city of Tucson has a new rule in place to make sure neighborhoods stay clean.

City officials started their Weeds Pilot Program on Oct. 3. Now, if your neighbor has weeds and grass growing out of control, code enforcement officers want to hear from you.

They will show up to the home with a letter stating the brush (higher than six inches) must be cleaned up within 10 days or the city will take the case to court. If you ignore the letter, and all attempts of making contact, you could get slapped with a $2,500 fine. 

“What we are trying to do with the pilot program is to see if by using the reminder people will take care of the issue and avoid having it turn into a  case,” Christina Polsgrove, Public Information Officer with the city’s Environmental Services Department said. 

The city of Tucson highlighted the top three areas where they were getting the most complaints. They are as follows:

  • WARD 3: Midtown area
  • WARD 2: East-side area
  • WARD 4: Southeast-side area

In the 11 days since the start of the pilot program, 67 calls have been placed to complain about weeds in midtown. 30 for the east side and 28 for the southeast side. Overall, 153 complaints have been made and letters sent.

Deb Dedon lives in midtown and is part of the Rincon Heights Neighborhood Association. She’s noticed the homes with messy front yards all have one thing in common. 

“The high percentage of renters. UA students and absentee landlords who don’t take care of their properties not just here but in Tucson," said Dedon. Homeowners for the most part look after their properties, but landlords not so much.”

The city says everything from your home to the street, homeowners are responsible for cleaning up. If it’s on the sidewalk, call them.

The city is urging you to control your weeds and if you do see any weeds in your neighborhood call 520-791-5843. You can complain online HERE.

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